🐸 TOP HAT TIPS: MULALO
It's Mulalo's world, we're just living in it.
Good evening Serviettes,
How good is ‘Serviette’ as a little girl’s name? Serviette.
It’s evoking France. Perhaps regional? Normandy? Little Serviette De La Laurent, running around the countryside and stopping only to consume a Petit Miam Strawberry Squeezie Yoghurt Pouch available only at select Woolworths.
Some other options: Ozzie (Ozempic), Rou (Chat Roulette) and Adie (Aderal for use in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Really sweet.
Now please cast your mind away from abusing prescription medicine in the handsome rolling hills of Western Europe and towards the bustling heart of Naarm/Melbourne, Australia.
There you’ll find a woman by the name of Mulalo (not short for anything, unlike Tina which is short for Tinea). She’s a musician and cultural icon currently taking Australia’s music scene by storm.
I caught wind of hurricane Mulalo about 6 months ago when a friend sent me a TikTok supercut of her first release, Tracy Grimshaw.
I was instantly transfixed. You know when something is so on point that you want to show everyone immediately, and/or squeeze a small dog? I felt that.
In the song, she riffs on everything from Bindi Irwin to Liz Hayes, Curtis Stone (a Coles deep cut) to Dannii Minogue and Ian Thorpe to Tony Abbott’s budgie smugglers. And as if her encyclopedic understanding of the mid-2000s wasn’t enough to render me speechless, she delivers further with a perfect beat:
I can’t decide whether to invoice her or transfer a portion of my savings for the psychological impact this song has had on me. I hear it reverberating around my head on a near-daily basis. I’ll be minding my own business stacking the dishwasher and the next minute ‘I’m Cathy Freeman while you sitting on a bench’ consumes me.
That’s why I am stoked to be interviewing Mulalo for the FROOMESWORLD newsletter tonight. She’s hot off a stellar performance at Golden Plains, which one employee described to me as “really A++++++ Obsessed with her”. And like us, I have a feeling you will be too.
And so without further adieu, here are Mulalo’s TOP HAT TIPS.
F: I’ve just met you in a bar and I ask who you are, and what you do (over a Whisky Sour and half dozen Sydney Rock Oysters, of c). How do you describe yourself?
M: Yes, you know I love me a Sydney Rock! Honestly every time someone asks me that question I honestly just say ‘music stuff’ and then change the topic because I’m shy.
F: How would you describe your music?
M: I always describe my music as fun, I would say it’s just music for the girls to have a good time and listen to and party you know. I would also like to say it’s witty like even tho it seems fun there’s and actually lyrics that if you catch them you’ll be like, wait a minute. Like Australian references.
F: We had a lot in common in the sense that people think our government names (Mulalo and Froomes) are monikers. Did you have any reservations about using your real name as a stage name?
M: I always get the what’s your real name? And I’m just there like ‘how would someone even come up with Mulalo’. Honestly, I should have had more reservations because I’ve had a very interesting history and it might come back around you know? But whatever yolo.
F: So, I originally found you when a good friend of mine showed me your Tracy Grimshaw clip. I was beside myself. How did you develop this concept and how long did it take you to write? (I’m ruined by the first line “Bitch I ain’t Bindi, my dad isn’t Steve, I don’t fuck with these birds when they flock around me.”)
M: Honestly it randomly came to me because I had seen some random tweet about Bindi and I randomly said “I’m the black bindi” but then I was like how can I if I hate birds? And then the line just came to me. Once I had the first line I was like, wait a minute I should just do Aussie vibes and then boom).
F: The reason I love Tracy Grimshaw so much is that its pure wit. I came for that, but I stayed for M1 (Racing down the Hume) and now your latest release, B.B.L (Bad Bitch Love). Your skewering and satire is mint, but unlike straight comedians, the songs are proper earworms. How do you balance being funny with making music?
M: I think you and I are the same we just are funny so no matter what we do the humour comes out, sometimes I have to strip it back and make it less funny or make it like less niche.
FROOMY NOTE: ‘M31’ is for the Hume Highway girlies doing the Syd to Melb road trip, stopping only for McDonald’s or to pull over and piss on the side of the road which, might I add, is best done by opening both your front and backseat door, then sit between them and hold onto the side of the car as you squat. Full incognito mode. All the uncoming traffic will see is a steady, clear stream provided you’ve drunk your requisite 3L-a-day.
F: What was your dream career as a child? My guess is an art curator and/or a host of Getaway.
M: OMG THE HOST OF GETAWAY!!!!!!!!! I actually went to art school so you are semi right, I wanted to be a practising artist doing installations but then I had a breakdown after uni so I became an unhinged rapper.
F: People need only look at your insta, and watch your stories, to see you are a material gworl. I even see on Spotify, your profile pic is at Bar 83. She has taste. What’s your fave place to drink in Sydney?
M: You know babes we have to treat ourselves, WE DESERVE IT! My favourite place tbh is Bar 83 because it’s so extra but also I’m a wine girl so I love all the small wine bars in Surry Hills but also Porcine, I went there with Carolina Gasolina and it was giving.
F: Fave Aus designers?
M: Omg, of course, we have to shoutout my favourites Maroskee Peech, they are the goats of Australian design and my home girls Shona has a brand called Diskontinu and my long time fav Karla Laidlaw.
F: And your fave restaurant? Give us boujie.
M: of course Hubert, it hits every time but also Janes in Surry Hills and Choles in Bondi.
ACCIDENTAL STORY SHARES
F: The other day you commented on my story cos I accidentally had my huge nana bra on the floor. Have u ever had an accidental insta story slip up?
M: A dildo girl….. like I’ll just leave it at that and the story was up for a cute 2 hours…. So embarrassing.
F: The Melbourne vs Sydney debate is as old as time itself. But more importantly, where does your heart lie?
M: Honestly Sydney is better for like hot girl vibes and I always feel lit when I'm there but I can’t leave the western suburbs of Melbourne which is the total opposite because it’s full-on suburbia and I like being there because like I don’t have to engage with that many people! I feel like moving to Brisbane tho.
F: You’re going on a date, and you need to pick a restaurant. Where are you booking?
M: Uhm since I won’t be paying, something classy. I went on a date at Supernormal the other day and it was stunning but I would have to go with Tip00 because it’s good food, nice vibes and amazing wine.
F: The Supernormal Lobster Roll… fuk me up!
F: Do you cook? What’s your favourite recipe?
M: DO I COOK! I stay cooking, because I eat out a lot people think I don’t cook but not only do I cook for myself, I also cook for my dog. My all-time favourite recipe is this leek and pumpkin risotto.
F: If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive, who would u choose?
M: DOLLY PARTON.
F: You are a multi-talented threat. What’s next in the Mulaloverse? Any major goals in the five-year plan?
M: I definitely see myself finally having my farm where I can be self-sustaining and its really random but I want to open my own wine bar and hopefully a hot sexy boyfriend lol.
F: Me too, but McDonald’s. Thank you, Mulalo.
Hope that was a nice lil Wednesday treat for my freaks.
It’s Ability Fest this weekend (!!) at Birrarung Marr. And the one and only Mulalo will be performing. I’ll be roaming around on the day doing some MCing… so I’ll see u there – u can check out tickets here.
And if you’re in Eora/Syd, you can see her on April 6th at Bank Hotel in Newtown, along with Carolina Gasolina (angel), Kymie (another angel) + more. Early adopter behaviour
That’s it until next time.
My love and well wishes, for today and for always.
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